Our Olthoff Family Tree is a continual work in progress. I am updating references and verifying information almost daily. I am very thankful to Mrs. Norma Barber Plank and Mrs. Gladys Spurr Tratebas for their contribution of the “Descendants of Randolph and Mary (Foster) Barber” Book. It is that book that started me on this incredible Family Heritage Journey.
Special thanks to my Aunt Teddi. Without her diligence in finding me, I would never have learned about my father’s side of the family. What an incredible gift..after 42 years, to finally get to talk to the Aunts and Grandmother I never knew.
In my investigations, I have been able to show we are directly descendant from such Royals as Richard I "The Fearless"(Duke of Normandy b.993-d.996) to Eochaid Mugmedon (High King of Ireland b.325-d.365) and Seleucus I Nicator (King of Syria b.0358 BC d.0281 BC.)
Richard I "The Fearless" was my 32nd Great Grandfather.
Eochaid Mugmedon was my 52nd Great Grandfather.
Seleucus I Nicator was my 77th Great Grandfather.
Perhaps our most notable royal relations date from Robert John III Stewart (King of Scotland from 1390-1406), through to Charles the Great "Charlemagne"(742-813AD) and beyond. Charlemagne was King of the Franks from 768 to his death in 813AD. He expanded the Frankish kingdoms into a Frankish Empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800. Through his foreign conquests and internal reforms, Charlemagne helped define Western Europe and the Middle Ages.
Robert John III Stewart was my 18th Great Grandfather.
Charles the Great "Charlemagne" was my 39th Great Grandfather.
It is through "Charlemagne" that I have been able to trace back even further to Antigonus I Monophthalmus ("the One-eyed") (382 BC - 301 BC) Poliorcetes. Antigonus I Monophthalmus Poliorcetes was a Macedonian nobleman, general, and satrap under Alexander the Great. He was a major figure in the Wars of the Diadochi after Alexander's death. He established the Antigonid dynasty and himself became king in 306 BC.
Antigonus I Monophthalmus Poliorcetes was my 95th Great Grandfather.
Our Family Tree also includes such notable artists as Benjamin West (1738-1820). Benjamin West was one of the most prominent artists in late eighteenth century London. In 1763, West was commissioned by King George III to create portraits of members of the royal family. The king himself was twice painted by him. West became friends with the English portraitist Sir Joshua Reynolds and founded the London Royal Academy of Arts with Reynolds in 1768. He was the second president of the Royal Academy from 1792 to 1805. He was re-elected in 1806 and was president until his death in 1820.
West is best known for his influential history painting, The Death of General Wolfe (1770; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa), exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1771. Two later paintings, Penn's Treaty with the Indians (1771-1772; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia) and the unfinished Signing of the Preliminary Treaty of Peace in 1782 (1783-84; Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware). The State Apartments of Windsor Castle contain many portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte along with their many family members most of which were painted by West. Besides Windsor, there are paintings in Hampton Court and Kensington and Buckingham Palaces.
Benjamin West was my 6th Great Granduncle.